“An estimated 33 million users deserted Microsoft’s browsers last month, pushing the Redmond, Wash. company’s browser strategy ever closer to the edge of irrelevancy, according to analytics data published [July 1],” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge combined to account for 36.7% of the global user share — a stand-in for the number of desktop and notebook PC owners who ran those browsers — in June, according to U.S.-based metrics vendor Net Applications. June’s IE number was down 1.9 percentage points from May, the eighteenth straight month of losses,” Keizer reports. “In the last 12 months alone, IE — a bucket into which Computerworld also pours Windows 10’s Edge — has lost 17.3 percentage points, representing a loss of almost a third of what the browser controlled a year ago.”
“As recently as November 2015, IE accounted for more than half of the global browser user share,” Keizer reports. “Chrome continued to rake in former IE users, as Google’s browser added 3 percentage points to its share last month, closing out June with 48.7%… Like IE, Mozilla’s Firefox also lost user share in June, falling another nine-tenths of a percentage point to 8%. Unless Mozilla can arrest the flight, its desktop browser could drop under the 5% mark as early as October, threatening the organization’s long-term survival, which relies on search revenue from the likes of Yahoo to pay the bills. Other top browsers, Apple’s Safari and Opera Software’s Opera, remained flat and showed a small gain, respectively.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft. Misfiring on all cylinders. 🙂